Then & Now: Ducati GT1000 vs. 750 GT

Two Brutes From Bologna

By John L. Stein, Photography by Kevin Wing

Ducati's 992cc 90-degree V-twin maintains 50-plus lb.-ft. of torque throughout most of its rev range, which easily adds miles per hour to any situation. A healthy top end that spreads peak power over a 2000-rpm range makes the GT1000 fun and easy to ride in a sporting fashion.

The GT1000 has the most legroom by over an inch, and that broad, plush seat makes this retro-rider mighty comfortable for around-town travel. A moderate reach to that high handlebar keeps things relaxed for your top half, and there's plenty of room to tuck in.

Ducati GT1000 | Price $10,995
Tech Spec
Engine type: a-c 90-deg. V-twin Frame: Tubular-steel trellis Rake/trail: 24.0º/4.1 in.
Valve train: SOHC, 4v Front suspension: 43mm Marzocchi fork Seat height: 31.8 in.
Displacement: 992cc Rear suspension: Sachs shocks with adjustable spring preload Wheelbase: 56.1 in.
Bore x stroke: 94.0 x 71.5mm Front brake: Dual Brembo two-piston calipers, 320mm discs Fuel capacity: 4.0 gal.
Compression: 10.0:1 Rear brake: Brembo single-piston caliper, 245mm disc Weight (tank full/empty): 460/436 lbs.
Fuel system: EFI Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Phantom Colors: Red, black
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate Rear tire: 180-55ZR-17 Pirelli Phantom Availability: Now
Transmission: 6-speed Warranty: 48 mo., unlimited mi.
Measured horsepower:76.3 bhp @ 7750 rpm
Measured torque: 59.4 lb.-ft. @ 5750 rpm
Corrected 1/4-mile: 11.84 sec. @ 112.2 mph
Top-gear roll-on: 4.49 sec.
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 43/33/38 mpg
By John L. Stein
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